Manuela Sáenz Biography
(South American Revolutionary and Spy)
Birthday: December 27, 1795 (Capricorn)
Born In: Quito, Ecuador
Manuela Saenz was an iconic South American revolutionary who played a key role in the liberation of New Granada. She was also the mistress of Simón Bolívar, the South American revolutionary leader. Saenz was the daughter of a Spanish nobleman but she was born out of wedlock. She was married off to a rich English merchant at the age of 19. During her short lived marriage, she came into contact with army personnel and leading politicians, since they were regular visitors at social fixtures at her home. She got to know about the revolution and was inspired by the revolution that was led by Simon Bolivar for the liberation of New Granada. Eventually she left her husband and moved to Quito to help Bolivar with the revolution. She became one of the most important members of the group of people who were fighting for the cause. Manuela Saenz had a difficult existence following the death of Bolivar as she was sent into exile by the powers that be; however she is regarded as one of the pillars of the revolution in the present day.